Urban Planning Resources: Books and eBooks

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Searching for Books in CLIO

Searching for books in CLIO

CLIO is the online catalog for the Columbia, Barnard and Union Theological Seminary libraries. (Read more about CLIO here). Doing a Quicksearch across all of CLIO will search:

  • Catalog
    Books, journals, U.S. government information, online resources, videos, and more
  • Articles+
    Journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more
  • Academic Commons
    Digital repository of Columbia research
  • Libraries Website
    Information about the libraries from the Libraries Website
  • GeoData
    Columbia's catalog of geospatial data sets
To quickly search just for books, try searching in only the catalog section, as shown in the image below.
CLIO search screen showing catalog tab circled in red.
If you don't find results right away, try to use different keywords related to your topic. If you find a book that looks helpful, take note of the subject headings in the record, as shown in the image below. Clicking on these will take you to other books with the same subject heading.
CLIO record for book showing subject field circled in red
CLIO record for Dilemmas of sustainable urban development book with subject field circled in red.

Searching for Books in WorldCat

Searching for Books in WorldCat

Searching WorldCat will show you materials from libraries around the world, and when accessed through CLIO or the links in this guide, will also highlight what is in Columbia's library collection, as shown in the image below.

WorldCat record for The death and life of great American cities by Jane Jacobs with green icon showing Columbia University Libraries holding.

Searching WorldCat is a good step to follow searching in CLIO. WorldCat sometimes has more detailed records for books, including those held in our libraries, and can lead you to books you might not have found otherwise if your search term is not in the brief record contained in CLIO. For example, if your search terms are in the table of contents or abstract and the CLIO record doesn't have those pieces of information, the WorldCat record will find your search terms and direct you to the book at Columbia. For books that are not held by Columbia University Libraries, WorldCat gives you the ability to see where the book is held. 

Requesting Scans

Request scans from items at Columbia Libraries or offsite using the scan link in the CLIO record as shown below. Users may request one article, one chapter, or one page range.

CLIO record showing scan link circled in red.